The Routh Street Women’s Clinic in Dallas, Texas, halted abortions earlier this month, and is beginning what is expected to be a series of abortion site closures in the wake of a ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
That ruling upheld a 2013 law, HB2, that requires abortion businesses to meet minimum safety standards.
In addition, Planned Parenthood has apparently abandoned its efforts to open a larger building to replace its outdated facility located at 104 Babcock Road in San Antonio.
Pro-life supporters with the Stop Planned Parenthood SA Coalition sued and successfully blocked a planned opening in January 2015, citing deception and zoning violations.
According to Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, there are currently no plans to open a new abortion facility in Texas.
Meanwhile, abortion facilities that sued to block implementation of HB2 have made an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to block the July 1 deadline for full compliance with the law.
Word is expected any time on whether the nation’s highest court will take that case on appeal.
Currently, there are 16 abortion facilities left open in Texas. Half of those are licensed as Ambulatory Surgical Centers and are expected to stay open.
[June 22, 2015, http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/first-texas-abortion-clinic-closes-more-to-follow-barring-supreme-court-involvement/ ]